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Guide to Chiseldon
Chiseldon, which has a population of about 3,000, lies on the edge of the Marlborough Downs, just south of J15 of the M4.
The hamlets of Draycot Foliat, Hodson, Badbury and Liddington are nearby.
The Holy Cross Church was built in the 13th century. The village also has a surgery, two hotels, a petrol station, and other businesses. The engineering consultancy firm Halcrow Group Limited operates from Burderop Park.
There is one pub in the village - The Patriots Arms. The former Elm Tree pub, now a private residence, was originally a thatched beer house, dating back to 1845, and named after the elm tree which stood next to the village green (the site of the Chiseldon Station), until the 1970s.
Settlements in the area date back to prehistoric and Roman times, but Chiseldon itself was started by the Saxons. The village was included in the Domesday Book and was called Chiseldene at the time. At one point the nearby hamlet Draycot Foliat was larger than Chiseldon. Chiseldon lies on one of the country's oldest highways, the Icknield Way, although it is more commonly known as The Ridgeway.
The Midland and South Western Junction Railway line was constructed in 1881 and ran through the centre of the village until 1961, with a station that linked the village directly to Swindon Town station to the north and Marlborough to the south.
Chiseldon also had a large army camp, now called Ridgeway View ,a housing estate consisting of the now privately-owned former MoD properties.
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